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How often do Americans suffer dog bites?

Many residents in Arizona own a dog and people of all ages enjoy the bond they have with their dogs. While dogs tend to be like another member of the family, these pets can pose risks to those who encounter them. Even when a dog has shown zero propensity for violence, it is still possible for a dog attack to occur.

How often do Americans suffer dog bites? Based on recent statistics, roughly 70 to 80 million dogs are in the U.S. Additionally, around 37 to 47 percent of all American household have a dog. Based on data and statistics, more than 4,500,000 people suffer a dog bite in the U.S. each year. That equates to roughly one person being bit by a dog every 75 seconds.

With regards to those bit by a dog, 885,000 people need medical care for these incidents each year. That means that one out of every five bite victims require medical attention. Additionally, more than 1,000 dog bite victims require medical care each day. It was also found that dog bites result in 34 deaths each year. 20 of these deaths were caused by non-family dogs, and 24 of the deaths occurred on the property of a dog owner.

When considering the damages stemming from a dog attack, it was found that 15,000 to 16,000 dog bite victims out of 850,000 receive money from insurance companies each year. This means that only two out of every 100 victims receive compensation for their injuries and losses. Every year, dog bite victims suffer over $1 billion in total expenses.

It might be possible to hold a dog owner liable for this event. A personal injury claim could help hold a negligent dog owner accountable and help a victim recover compensation for losses and damages.

Source:, "Dog Bite Statistics: A Year in Review," Brandy Arnald, May 20, 2016

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